Monday, 28 May 2012

James Cameron advises Arnold Schwarzenegger on new Terminator

James Cameron advises Arnold Schwarzenegger on new Terminator

Terminator sequel must be 'more about' Schwarzenegger's T-800 character, says director of original films

Arnold Schwarzenegger is planning to return to the iconic role of the Terminator. Photograph: Allstar/Cinetext/MGM
James Cameron has told Arnold Schwarzenegger to ensure he is the focus of the next Terminator film before signing up to return to the iconic role.
Cameron, who directed the first two films in the dystopian sci-fi series but was not involved in the most recent two, has signalled his distaste for later Terminator entries on multiple occasions, famously pointing out that he "told the story" in 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day. However he told MTV he met up with Schwarzenegger last autumn and tried to be "as encouraging as possible" about the proposed project.
"Frankly, at that time, I thought it needed to be more about him," Cameron said. "I told him he should not do it until it's focused on his [T-800] character, or he shouldn't do it. I think there are some great stories that can be told about that character that haven't even been thought of yet."
After eight years away from Hollywood, the former California governor signalled his intention to return to the role of the Terminator in April last year. Justin Lin, currently the toast of Hollywood after returning the Fast and Furious franchise to box office credibility, was set to direct but dropped out in September.
The return of Schwarzenegger (even at the age of 64) to his most iconic role makes a fifth Terminator film a tantalising prospect for studios, even if the series has not been at its best since Cameron's last outing. The first non-Schwarzenegger film, 2009's Terminator Salvation, was the worst-reviewed so far, although it still made $370m (£225m) globally (albeit on an enormous $200m budget). The former bodybuilder appeared only as a CGI recreation of his younger self.
Terminator 5 was being touted around studios last year, but Schwarzenegger put plans for the film and his return to acting on hold in May when it was revealed he had fathered a child with a household employee outside of wedlock more than a decade ago. The Austrian-born actor and his wife Maria Shriver filed for divorce in July after 25 years of marriage, but there have since been rumblings that Schwarzenegger is still planning a Hollywoood comeback. He is due to star alongside old comrade Sylvester Stallone in the action film The Tomb for director Mikael Håfström, and has also signed on for a sequel to the 1988 comedy Twins, which saw him portray Danny DeVito's not-so-identical sibling. Titled Triplets, the film will add a third long lost brother into the mix, with Eddie Murphy the current favourite to take on the role.

Predicting Snow White And The Huntsman And Piranha 3DD Reviews

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Predicting Snow White And The Huntsman And Piranha 3DD Reviews

Memorial Day weekend is when I make my annual pilgrimage to the racetrack for its opening day. What better way to spend my hard-earned CinemaBlend dollars than on the ponies? But before I head off into a devolving mess of booze, gambling and the end of my kid’s college fund, we better check in on this week’s flicks. I mean come on, we’ve got fairy tales and fairly- crazy fish to fry.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

Snow White and the Huntsman

Sometimes I watch my one year old daughter prance flightily around the living room and wonder when she’ll be ready for a healthy dose of fairy tales. When I’ll pass along the classic stories of good and evil. Of love and loss. Of princesses and frogs. Of evil witches and dungeon towers. Stories with morals and lessons and feelings. And then I watch a trailer like the one for this flick and say, “Fuck it, my stories will be boring as hell. Just watch this movie, you’ll get it kid.”

Hollywood, by and large, loves to take fairy tales and put there own “spin” on them. Studio execs want nothing more than to “update” something old and worn out. Hell, look no further than Mirror, Mirror (50%) for another play on Snow White just this year. But even with the recycled factor, I think this movie has a chance. Trailers do not a movie make, and better critical prediction writers* than this guy have fallen victim to the allure of 120 second movie capsules. But I think this movie has the goods.

*Kidding, I’m the best and only one out there.

This flick’s got action, adventure, Charlize Theron, sorcery, swordplay, Theron, axes, beasts, Theron, thematic elements of “destiny” and oh yeah, Theron. That’s a winning combo. And sure there’s first time director, and first time, well, anything, Rupert Sanders behind the lens. But the cast is quality, it’s a new take on the tired old fairy tale theme, and if nothing else, hopefully this flick means Hollywood won’t come out with another Snow White movie for at least a decade. That’s enough for me. The Rotten Watch or Snow White and the Huntsman is 72%.

Piranha 3DD

There’s an old saying in the critical prediction biz that goes something like this: Fool me once with a campy horror movie starring CGI’ed, psycho, bloodthirsty piranhas, shame on you. Try and fool me twice, well you get the idea, I don’t remember the whole quote.

The original Piranha 3-D (Predicted: 18% Actual 73%) represents one of my greatest misses ever. In fact it’s difficult, even if trying, to whiff by this many Tomatometer percentage points. At the time, I didn’t totally understand the movie-makers were going for over-the-top campy horror. It just looked like an awful movie. But Piranha 3-D worked as an almost an ode to B-movie cheap thrills. And critics kind of, don’t pardon the pun, ate it up.

But it ain’t happening again, even with the return of Hasselhoff. I’ve got a bit of a head start here and early reviews have Piranha 3DD (You need to at least applaud their choice of title) as having the elements of awful I expected for the original. This one looks unapologetically bad. Director John Gulager (Feast-56%) seems to have taken the fun out of the premise, or whatever fun can be had with piranhas pureeing up humans over and over and over again. No one’s fooling me this time. This time a piranha movie critically tanks. The Rotten Watch for Piranha 3DD is 13%.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

New Dark Knight Rises Poster Arrives Online

The first teaser poster for The Dark Knight Rises was utterly brilliant. In addition to giving us the incredible image of a crumbling Gotham City, the designers were able to subtly place in the Batman symbol that made it instantly recognizable. Then the movie shocked us again with the theatrical poster, which presented all of us with the terrifying image of a broken bat cowl. Now the third poster has arrived, and, while I hate to say it, I am thoroughly unimpressed with it.

Posted over on the film's Official Facebook page, the design is actually the exact same as the first, only the image has been moved to the top of the frame, some fake fire has been included, and Batman has been plopped in the middle. While it's not sloppy by any means, you do get the sense that the designers were running too close to deadline and needed to get something new out there. Check out the new poster below.

Want to know what the good news is? As much as I don't like this poster, it isn't making me in any way less excited for The Dark Knight Rises. The trailers and footage that we've seen has all been mindblowing and makes us ache for when the film is released in July 20th. Just remember this: X-Men: First Class had some of the worst posters we've ever seen, but the movie itself turned out to be one of the best superhero movies of last year.

The finale of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises brings back Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, and Michael Caine, and will introduce us to Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, Tom Hardy as Bane, Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake. The film arrives in theaters on July 20th and you can see more from the title in our Blend Film Database.

Could A MacGruber Sequel Be Possible?

The first movie based on an SNL character in 10 years, MacGruber was a disappointing flop when it opened in 2010, making just $8 million in its entire theatrical run and disappointing a lot of us-- and there were a lot of us, I swear!-- who loved it and wanted to see it succeed. But star Will Forte has brushed himself off pretty well, doing excellent occasional work as Jenna's drag queen boyfriend Paul on 30 Rock and signing on to Alexander Payne's next film, and director Jorma Taccone has continued doing Digital Shorts for SNL, in addition to popping up as an actor on Girls and Up All Night and directing episodes of Parks & Recreation.

But just because Forte and Taccone are doing OK these days doesn't mean they've left the mulleted man of many improvised gadgets behind. Talking to Screen Crush, Taccone allowed for the possibility of a MacGruber 2-- though that wouldn't actually be the title. Here's the quote in question:

It would be me, Will and John [Solomon] writing it again. Every time I hang out with Will, we talk about all our cool ideas for the sequel. We have the idea for it and we have a title, but I won’t tell you what it is.

Of course, there's no indication that Universal or any other studio would want to fund a second MacGruber or that the original film's co-stars Kristen Wiig (who MacGruber marries at the end of the first movie) or Ryan Phillippe would return. But right now, it's enough just to know that Taccone, Solomon and Forte are still proud of it, and that someday those of us who fondly remember the celery-in-the-ass technique and Vicki St. Elmo's music career might get a chance to revisit that world. Hell, at this point if they made a handful of online shorts or an 80s-tastic music video, we'd all be happy with that too.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Skyfall The New James Bond Movie

A few weeks ago I spent some time in Las Vegas covering the annual CinemaCon. During Sony’s presentation they had the world premiere of the trailer for Skyfall, the new James Bond film directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig. In my write-up about the trailer – in which I did my best to remember and describe everything that I saw – I offered up the prediction that the preview would be attached to the next Sony release, which happened to be Men in Black III. It turns out I was spot on, as Men In Black III arrives in theaters this Friday and today we have the first ever trailer for Skyfall.

Check it out!

Skyfall has everyone’s favorite British spy fighting a war on two fronts, as an old secret comes back to haunt M (Judi Dench) and test’s Bond’s loyalty to her, while a threat comes to destroy MI6. The film also stars Javier Bardem, Albert Finney, Ralph Fiennes, Helen McCrory, Berenice Marlohe, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris. The movie arrives in theaters on November 9th and you can see more from the title in our Blend Film Database.

Friday, 18 May 2012

New photo of Bane from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, reveals why he wears the mask

The Dark Knight Rises kicks off with the question “why does he wear the mask?” and now thanks to a short article in Rolling Stone magazine, we have an answer! Here’s a quote straight from the mouth of director Christopher Nolan:
Bane is someone ravaged by pain from a trauma suffered long ago, and the mask dispenses a type of anesthetic that keeps his pain just below the threshold so he can function.
Update: Some fans have pointed out that costume designer Lindy Hemming revealed similar news back in the November issue of Empire magazine:
He was injured early in his story. Hes suffering from pain and he needs gas to survive. He cannot survive the pain without the mask. The pipes from the mask go back along his jawline and feed into the thing at the back where there are two canisters of what ever it is…the anesthetic.
What do you think of this alternative to the typical “Bane venom” we’re familiar with from the comics? Let me know in the comments, and check out the full photo from Rolling Stone in the gallery below.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

The Adventures Of Rory & Connor Episode 4: "The Fake Boogeyman."

Marion Cotillard talks ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, insists she’s not Talia Al Ghul

Speculation about Marion Cotillard’s character in The Dark Knight Rises began even before she officially joined the cast. Many fans believed (and still do) that she’d be Talia Al Ghul, the daughter of Liam Neeson’s character from Batman Begins. There’s a been a lot of information that would suggest Cotillard isn’t just playing Miranda Tate, a Wayne Enterprises board member, but Cotillard insists that she’s a “good guy”. Check out this excerpt from an interview with The Hollywood Reporter:
The actress started filming [The Dark Knight Rises] in June 2011, working on and off until the fall in locations including Los Angeles, New York and Pittsburgh. She says there were long gaps when she wasn’t needed: “It was a very, very small role.”
Otherwise, Cotillard is coy about the [set photo], whose storyline has fueled pages of Internet speculation. All she’ll confirm is that, contrary to some fans’ belief, she does not play Talia, the vengeful daughter of Liam Neeson‘s character, Ra’s Al Ghul (who also appeared in Batman Begins), and that she takes the role of Miranda Tate, an ecologically minded businesswoman who “is fascinated by Wayne Enterprises. They go through difficulties, and she wants to help provide the world clean energies. She’s a good guy.” But does she stay that way? “Yes,” she insists.
Head on over to THR for the full interview, it’s pretty in-depth. Do you think Ms. Cotillard is telling the truth? Will she just be Miranda Tate? Let me know what you think in the comments.

Rory & Connor and There adventures

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Rebecca Hall Now Up For Iron Man 3

Some potential good news for Marvel movie fans on a day that has already been full of satisfying, if not entirely unpredictable announcements. Hot on the footsteps of Jessica Chastain passing on a role in Iron Man 3 comes word that Rebecca Hall is in negotiations to nab it instead.
According to the latest story, the role – which is being kept predictably under wraps, but seems certain to be a fetching scientist working on nanotech who comes into contact with Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark– is more of a supporting part than a lead.
The female lead will, not all that surprisingly, be Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts. Given her especially cosy relationship with Tony in The Avengers (Assemble), it’s only natural that she’ll get more to do in a solo Iron Man outing. But we’d expect there to be trouble ahead for Stark and his ladylove.
If she signs, Hall will join a cast that includes Ben Kingsley, Andy Lau, Guy Pearce and Don Cheadle.
Shane Black has co-written the script with Drew Pearce and is set to kick off calling the shots this month.
Hall, who last appeared in The Awakening, has Stephen Frears’ Lay The Favourite awaiting release and is shooting an untitled legal thriller alongside Eric Bana.

Universal Eyes Kick-Ass 2

There are some sequels that really aren’t surprising, like today’s announcement that Disney is officially at work on Avengers 2. But there are those that seemed a lot less likely but suddenly, shockingly come into focus. Case in point? Universal is officially in talks to make Kick-Ass 2.
Mark Millar comes in for a lot of stick in some corners for prematurely announcing developments on adaptations of his comics. Indeed, he’s been labelled as the boy who cried Wolverine on more than one occasion. But it turns out we all just had to have a little bit of faith on this one.
Cry Wolf writer-director Jeff Wadlow, who has been writing the script under the direction of Millar and original Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn, will be stepping up to call the shots on the eventual project as Vaughn will be very slightly busy elsewhere in the superhero community, gearing up the X-Men: First Class sequel. But he'll naturally be involved as a producer.
Though he’s currently setting up to make air marshal thriller Non-Stop, Wadlow and co have apparently already put the new Kick-Ass script in front of Universal executives, who are hammering out a deal to get it shooting in August, assuming everything works out.
The big question for now is the cast, including Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who have all gone on to busy careers (particularly Moretz) and may need time to clear space in their diaries.
So while it’s not 100% all locked in yet, this is the closest we’ve come to getting the thing rolling. It may not have seemed like the original did enough box office to warrant a sequel, but making $103 million worldwide from a $28 million budget is nothing to be sniffed at. Plus, it became a cult favourite, with a big following itching to see more about Dave Lizewski, Mindy Macready and the rest...

Hayley Atwell To Headline 10 Things I Hate About You Sequel

Director Gil Junger is undoubtedly best known for helming the spirited '90s The Taming of the Shrew adaptation 10 Things I Hate About You. Actually, he's known for little else. So, encouraged to reclaim some fame, Junger has told Variety he is working on a sort-of sequel to the teen-comedy that still scores him residual checks. The good news is he's secured the charming Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger) to star. The bad news is just about every other aspect of this proposed picture.

First off, there's no promise that 10 Things I Hate About You stars Julia Stiles, Larisa Oleynik or Joseph Gordon-Levitt will return, and of course there's no possibility of Heath Ledger reprising his role. So how will this so-called sequel connect to the original? Junger, who will not only direct but has also penned the script, is being painfully vague about that, asserting only that it "advances the situations from the original film," and will be called 10 Things I Hate About Life. Like its precursor, the feature will be a romantic comedy, but rather than centering on teens traversing the clique-ridden terrain of high school romance, it will focus on "two relatable, ordinary people" whose meet-cute occurs while attempting to kill themselves.

Beyond having only a tangential tie to 10 Things I Hate About You, 10 Things I Hate About Life sounds an awful lot like A Long Way Down, an upcoming adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel about four strangers who meet one fateful night on a rooftop, all planning to commit suicide. But Junger's inspiration for the plot is far more personal, and strange. It seems he was moved to pen 10 Things I Hate About Life after discovering the body of a man who has killed himself at a scenic overlook. So…it's an unconventional impetus for a romantic comedy to say the least.

10 Things I Hate About Life is currently seeking financing.

Friday, 4 May 2012

Fandom 5: All 'Avengers,' All the Time; 'Dark Knight' Trailer Rises; Black Widow Gets A Scent

 It’s one for the biggest times ever for comic book and superhero fans. So let’s take a look.
1. Let’s Assemble at the Movies!
They said it would never happen, but it has. And it’s a media sensation. Marvel Studios’ The Avengers has finally hit theaters.
PHOTOS: 'Avengers' Premiere: Red Carpet Arrivals
The movie is tracking at a very impressive 93 percent on the review-aggregating website, one of the highest scores ever for a comic book movie. And it could shatter some box-office records by the time the weekend is done.
But of course, that means it is already causing a backlash. The hype surrounding the movie has given way to a wave of detractors saying it is overrated. The New York Times’ A. O. Scott dared to describe the movie as full of “hectic emptiness” and “bloated cynicism,” and that caused none other than the movie’s Samuel L. Jackson, a.k.a. Nick Fury, to turn to his Twitter account where he said Scott needs to find a new job.
So much drama, and it’s just the beginning of the Year of the Comic Book Nerd.
2. Dark Knight Trailer Rises
Another very divisive event was the online unveiling of the new The Dark Knight Rises trailer, which will be seen in theaters playing Avengers.
The trailer forgoes the customary bombast seen in these sorts of movies in favor of simple, brooding musical cues and key dialogue moments.
The movie is going to be a juggernaut no doubt, but the chatboards lit up like Gotham under attack with comments. Most said the trailer was brilliant, but a vocal minority struck back, saying it looked too cold while they nitpicked Catwoman’s costume.
Some of the debate fell into the age-old division between Marvel fans, supporting Avengers and Spider-Man, and DC Comics partisans, lining up behind the Dark Knight.
Look, ultimately, it doesn’t matter who wins the argument. The biggest winners will be audiences who have plenty of comic book-inspired movies to argue over this summer.
PHOTOS: 'The Avengers' Premiere Red Carpet Interviews
3. Best Day Ever
Tomorrow is the first Saturday in May. And that means one thing: Free Comic Book Day!
Free Comic Book Day began in 2002 as a way for retailers and the comic industry to promote comics and help bring new readers into shops. The event has grown to include celebrity signings and a carnival-like atmosphere at some shops.
More comics will be printed than ever for year’s event, which promises to be the biggest yet, with the day having a spectacular tie-in to the Avengers movie.
Here’s what a couple of L.A. shops are doing:
Golden Apple, on 7012 Melrose Ave., will have web sensation Felicia Day and the cast of her web show The Guild at 11 am.  and comic writers and artists such as Marc Andreyko doing signings. Look for the Cinco de Mayo taco bar.
Meltdown Comics, on 7552 Sunset Blvd., will have signings galore, including DC and Marvel writer Scott Lobdell. Plus a sidewalk sale, swag giveaways and discounts if you show your Avengers movie stub.
4. Another Hulk Movie? Hell No.
One of the stand-outs of the Avengers movie is Mark Ruffalo, who as Bruce Banner and the Hulk, steals many of the scenes.
The Hulk character has already starred in two previous movies, and Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige has said that a new Hulk movie in not on the horizon.
But that all changed this week when, in an interview with Forbes, Paul Gitter, Marvel president of consumer products, said the character could be back as a movie in 2015, supporting the proposed Hulk TV show.
“We repositioned him from where he was always misunderstood to now depicting him in a more heroic and aspirational manner,” Gitter explained.
The fact that Ruffalo has a six-picture contract, is another sign that a future Hulk movie could be just over the horizon.
But unless Hulk is reconceived in a major way, it’s a bad idea. The reason for Hulk’s sudden popularity now is due in part to his being a supporting character. Sometimes less is truly is more. For example, in the TV series Friends, Matt LeBlanc was goofy and charming; when he and his character spun off into their own series, Joey, not so much. And would a whole movie devoted to Boba Fett work? Doubtful.
STORY: Samuel L. Jackson Slams A.O. Scott on Twitter for Negative 'Avengers' Review
The Hulk movies, no matter how good the talent behind them, ultimately fail to transcend because the story degenerates into a CGI-laden monster fighting off other monsters, and the character’s human grounding is lost.
Plus, the Hulk is usually mopey and wants to be left alone. So let’s leave him alone.
5. Weirdest Movie Tie-In?
There’s an incredible amount of Avengers merchandise out there for the summer’s first big movie. The better stuff includes the Hasbro super-hero action figures and the cool LEGO sets that reenact key set pieces.
But for those that want to smell like an Avenger? Now you can.
JADS International has a line of Avengers cologne. One set has includes the Mark VII (Iron Man), Patriot (Captain America), Worthy (Thor) and Smash! (Hulk).
Also part of the line is a Loki cologne, called Mischief, and a Nick Fury fragrance, called Infinity Formula.
But what do the women get? Just the Black Widow, inspired by Scarlett Johansson’s character. With citrus and berries, caramel and honey, some sandalwood, chocolate, patchouli and praline, it’s “for the woman who walks the tightrope of love and duty.”